Pantex sets a record

The Pantex warhead assembly/disassembly plant near Amarillo, Texas, announced today that it had established a new safety record, with the lowest recordable case rate in the plant’s history. The announcement noted, “The record for total recordable case rate (TRC) at 0.26 is a fitting end to an outstanding year in safety, which saw Pantexans set a record in January by working more than eight million man hours without a lost time injury . . .”

The TRC measures the number of employee hours worked in a year relative to the number of reportable injuries.

“This achievement is a reflection of their individual commitment to helping ensure a strong nuclear safety culture at Pantex,” B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery said in a statement.

Pantex is a sister plant to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, and the National Nuclear Security Administration plans to combine the management of the two under a single contract. A $22 billion management contract was awarded in January to Consolidated Nuclear Security, a partnership that includes Bechtel National and Lockheed Martin, but the transition of contracts at the two sites has been placed on hold while protests filed by losing bidders are resolved.

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